International Criminal Court
schmidt hammer lassen architects
The first permanent premises of the court are set in a rolling dune landscape on the edge of The Hague. Designed by schmidt hammer lassen architects, the main concept is a sculptural arrangement of six connected building volumes. These reflect two core values of the ICC: transparency and accessibility.
The courtrooms feature diverse finishes, such as timber and concrete, which are hard by nature. These presented the architects with a significant challenge in terms of acoustic absorption.
257 Soft Cells Broadline panels, covering 580 square metres, are used on walls and ceilings in the courtrooms. Upholstered in Remix, they provide seamless, aesthetic features. Furthermore, thanks to their built-in tensioning system, they also solve the long term maintenance issues caused by humidity.
The construction was realised by Courtys, a consortium of the VolkerWessel’s subsidiaries Visser & Smit Bouw and Boele & van Eesteren.
"Kvadrat Soft Cells is a company that listens, contributes, learns, and likes to take on a challenge."
Theo van Hulst, Courtys
Photography by Ed Reeve